JDT will be heading over to Alor Star with a healthy 3-1 lead from the first leg, and they will be looking to complete the job away from from home
BY KEESHAANAN SUNDARESAN Follow on Twitter
Azmizi - Griffiths - Helmi - Fazliata
Faizal - Zurandey - Franco
Baddrol (c) – Mehmet - Khyril
Mahali - Baihakki - Aidil (c) - Fazly
Safiq - Shakir
Amri – Aimar - Mat Yo
Many would remember the clash that took place between both sides in Alor Star last year, which turned out to be a battle of epic proportions. A Dani Guiza-inspired Johor were made to work their socks off, before only winning on penalties to progress in the competition.
If anything, that indicates the sort of match we could be seeing on Tuesday. No doubts, atmosphere in Alor Star will be electric as usual, and JDT players will be in for a tough night. But with a 3-1 lead from the first leg, all they have to do is protect it and they will be through.
But we know that this JDT side will not vouch for parking the bus; they will be out there to strike against Kedah. Hariss Harun, who has been impressive in the last two games, should be given the start and his performance in the heart of Johor's midfield could ultimately be pivotal again.
But at the same time, Kedah aren't pushovers at home as well. And they definitely know that, early goals could change the course of the match, they are still in for a battle. Billy Mehmet has been sensational for them thus far, and could be dangerous if given space. I am expecting Kedah to go all out in this one, they have got nothing to lose.
But in order to breakthrough the JDT defence, they will need to nullify the defensive solidity provided by skipper Baihakki Khaizan. Billy will have to work extra hard against the rock solid defender, and balls from midfield has got to be creative as well, to penetrate them.
Cup affairs like these are hugely anticipated affairs that usually attract massive attendance, and by that notion itself, we should have an exciting game in store for us. But add that to the quality of players that will be performing on the pitch, and we have an emphatic game. This will be one of those.